Actor Chris Evans Quits ‘Captain America’ Role

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After it was reported the current Superman actor, Henry Cavill, is quitting, Hollywood is facing more turmoil in the comic-book-movie genre. Chris Evans, who has portrayed Captain America for the last eight years, is leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Role Of A Lifetime

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At this point, Chris Evans and Captain America are nearly synonymous with one another. Evans began his journey as Captain America back in March 2010, when he beat out Hollywood heavyweights like Ryan Phillippe and John Krasinski for the part. The first film, Captain America: The First Avenger, was a hit, earning just over $370 million in its opening weekend. The film’s success led to two sequels: The Winter Soldier, in 2014, and Civil War, in 2016. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Evans has played Captain America nine times, with his tenth outing coming in 2019. While the actor still makes time for other things, he directed his first film in 2014 and made his Broadway debut this year, there’s no question the role is very time-consuming.

A Bittersweet Goodbye To Captain America

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In a recent tweet, Evans wrote, “Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.”

Fans were devastated and started a trending hashtag on Twitter – #ThankYouChrisEvans. It’s a known fact Marvel fans are some of the most hardcore, dedicated fans, especially after seeing Evans in nine Marvel films. While fans of the cinematic universe may be upset, the news was not exactly out of the blue…

Warning, spoilers for the last Avengers film lie ahead!

Getting Off The Marvel Train

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To those following, Evans’ decision isn’t a surprise. The actor has said before, “You want to get off the train before they push you off.” In the last Avengers movie, many characters died, and we’re assuming this will be the same in Avengers 4. So, brace yourselves Marvel fans, other cast members may leave as well!

As per usual in circumstances like these, debates rage online over Captain America’s successor, or lack thereof. Fans love theorizing whether a different actor will play the part or maybe a different character, like Bucky or Falcon (or perhaps even the Black Panther). There’s a rumor going around that there’s a Dark Avengers script in the works, meaning someone unworthy of the title might inherit Captain America’s shield. As for Marvel, they’re remaining tight-lipped.

Perhaps Evans is seeking new, different roles in other places. After all, being Captain America is a big responsibility… To Chris, we can only say thank you, good job, and good luck!